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Daughter…You were Planned…You are Loved

If God is for us, who or what can come against us…and be successful?  Nothing and no one you might say and I’d beg to differ, coz there’s always YOU!  Those three letters separate you from Him and every good and perfect thing He has reserved for those who would yield to Him and believe that YOU are what HE says you are; YOU can do everything HE says you can do.  You are that whosoever He speaks of in Mark 11:23 KJV.

Lately, the story of the woman with the issue of blood has been coming up a lot in messages.  I always tune in when I hear her story in Mark 5:25-34.  This woman had some issues.  Don’t we all!!  Imagine having a continuous flow of blood for twelve years and desperately seeking a cure, going from doctor to doctor until you’re left financially ruined and in worse shape than when your nightmare began.  Imagine the physical toll on your body; the ruinous effect on friendships and forget about any kind of relationship with a man.  Like the lepers of that time, according to Mosaic Law, she was excluded from society and was forbidden public access unless she announced her arrival using the word “unclean” to describe herself, giving people ample time to steer clear from her.  Imagine that humiliation!  Imagine the hits you would take from the “theys.”  Those who gather to point at you, to gawk, to spread rumors…imagine the things said about you; the names you’d be called…outcast, unclean, pitiful, cursed, nasty, poor, loser.   Nothing can be said about you that would rival the tapes running in your head, recited in your own voice…adding to the horror, the feelings of anger, shame, loneliness, hopelessness, sadness, depression, fear.

But faith…it comes by hearing and hearing by the word.  This woman heard about Jesus, the Word made manifest in the flesh, and she moved…pushing her way through the crowd despite her weakened condition, her outcome already settled within her as she pressed forth.  She didn’t wait for Him to see her…she saw, she reached out, she took her healing.  I absolutely love her encounter with the One who healed her.  He could have corrected her for interrupting Him; rebuked her for coming out in public in her condition…instead, He replaced every awful name she was ever called when he called her “Daughter.”  He healed every hurt when he continued saying, “your faith has made you well.  Go in peace.  Your suffering is over.” NLT

I shared this message with a  group of teens/young adult women and then I passed around a gigantic, hand held mirror and asked each girl to tell me what she saw.  The responses ranged from just okay to not good enough to one of the girls not even wanting to look at herself.  I took that opportunity to remind them that they were His daughters and they were on His mind…have been for a long time and will be forever; they were loved by Him unconditionally and were not a mistake…were perfect in His sight.

And so I invite you to read and receive, then take and make yours the way they did..

You Were Planned

– I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:5)

– I pre-appointed the exact time of your birth and where you would live. (Acts 17:26)

– I knit you together in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13)

– You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)

– You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in My book. (Psalm 139:15-16)

– I brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6)

– I know everything about you. (Psalm 139:1)

– I know when you sit down and when you rise up.  I know what you’re thinking. (Psalm 139:2)

– I am familiar with ALL your ways. (Psalm 139:3)

– Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:30)

A Father’s Love

– You were made in My image. (Genesis 1:27)

– You are My offspring. (Acts 17:28)

– It is My desire to lavish My love on you, simply because you are My child and I am your Father. (1John 3:1)

– My thoughts toward you are as countless as the sand on the seashore.  (Psalm 139:17-18)

– My plan for your future has always been filled with hope because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 29:11; Jeremiah 31:3)

– You are My treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5)

– I will be with you; never leave or abandon you. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

– I will never stop doing good to you. (Jer. 32:40)

– I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

– When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18)

– I comfort you in all your troubles. (2Corinthians 1:3-4)

– I am your greatest encourager. (2Thessalonians 2:16-17)

– I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3)

– If you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me. (Deuteronomy 4:29)

– I desire to establish you with all My heart and all My soul. (Jeremiah 32:41)

– Delight in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart, for it is I who gave you those desires. (Psalm 37:4; Philippians 2:13)

– In Me you live and move and have your being. (Acts 17:28)

– Every good gift you receive comes from My hand. (James 1:17)

– I offer you more than your earthly father ever could because I am the perfect Father. (Matthew 7:11; Matthew 5:48)

– I am your provider and I meet your needs. (Philippians 4:19)

– I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine.  (Ephesians 3:20)

How Will “They” Know

They’ll Know We Are Christians – Carolyn Arends

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord (repeat)
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love

We will work with each other, we will work side by side (repeat
And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand (repeat)
And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land 
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love

These are the lyrics to a hymn I remember singing in church as a young girl.  They came to mind as I was looking over some notes I took as I watched a documentary the other day.  I was riveted by the scenes that played before me as the heart of God – His extravagant, relentless love was displayed in scene after scene of “Father of Lights.”  Writer, Producer, Narrator, Darren Wilson grabs his camera and crew and takes us with them where we meet people committed to be the hands and feet of Christ.  People who have taken Mark 16:15 and put feet on it.  We meet Ravi in India who is awakened each morning at 4:00 and given his orders for the day by God, whom he calls Daddy and we follow him on the most amazing journey as lives are changed (I hesitate to be too specific because you have to see it for yourselves).  God at work through man!!!  We meet a family from the states who sold their home and gave away all of their possessions to move to China with their three small children in tow and no particular plan, except they heard from God; whose arms God chooses to be the ones to hug and care for children given away because of their “defects.”  We meet a dude from PA with dreads and a whole lotta love whose story of love and boldness left such a smile on my face.

One of the quotes from this documentary slapped me hard across the chops…”Jesus didn’t tell us to point out what’s wrong with everyone; He told us to love;  He did not want converts, He wants a bride.”  Todd the dude with the dreads said it like this, “If people can’t see Christ in you, they don’t want what you have.”

This documentary shred me, leaving me in a pool of tears.  Its beauty and rawness rang a bell deep in my soul…to be less critical, less judgmental, less quick to be “right;” less formula driven; less safe and to know more, be more, show more LOVE!  Like a child who can’t help being like their mommy or daddy, who have a great hand in forming who they are, I am committed to getting closer to my Heavenly Father…my Abba in order to acquaint myself with Him…all of Him…in order to be more like Him.  I want eyes like my Father to see as He sees; want hands like my Father to hold, touch and heal as He does; feet like my Father, in order to go and do all that my Father instructs me to do.

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

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